The area beyond passport control at Oslo Airport is to be significantly expanded to improve service for people travelling to and from countries outside the Schengen Area. It will provide increased capacity and improve conditions for passengers and airlines, as well as supporting Norwegian travel, tourism and business which is an important part of Avinor’s (the airport operator) strategy according to CEO Dag Falk-Petersen.
In recent years, travel to and from Oslo from countries outside of the Schengen Area has grown more rapidly than traffic within it. The current capacity for Schengen throughput is 5.5m ppa, while following completion of the expansion it will be approximately 8m ppa.
The development will include 14 aircraft parking spaces, four of which will be flexible gates that can handle traffic from areas both inside and outside the Schengen Area. The extension will provide a total area of 427,000sq ft (39,700m2) for travellers to countries outside the Schengen Area. This zone will be extended, with new parking spaces that are suitable for larger aircraft as well as new commercial areas. The project will also includes adaptations for US pre-clearance, although a prerequisite for implementing such a solution is binding participation from airlines and a bilateral agreement between the United States and Norway.
Airport director Øyvind Hasaas said: “After six years of building the new Oslo Airport, we have learned a great deal about how to simultaneously build and operate an airport. The knowledge we have gained will be applied to this expansion project.”
The budget for the project is NOK 3.3bn, and is financed by Avinor. The ground works will start in the fourth quarter of 2018 and the expansion will be completed in the second quarter of 2022.
Image: Avinor has decided to expand the area after the passport control at Oslo Airport. (Nordic)